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THE CONSERVATIVE VICTORY IN CARDIGANSHIRE. THE result of the election of a member for Cardiganshire this week, shows that the majority of the county voters have recognized the old representative principle, that every community should have the right of selecting from among their own number fit and proper persons to sit in the Commons House of Par- liament on their behalf. The limited time in which the election took place prevented the possibility of anything like a perfect or- ganization on the part of the Conservatives in the county; but, encouraged by the fact that such a popular man as Mr Thos. E. Lloyd, of Coedmore, agreed to come forward as a Candidate, they worked earnestly on his behalf, and the result has been to them a glorious victory. In 1868, Mr Evan M. Richards, of Swansea, the late member, se- cured a gross majority of 154 votes over his opponent, Mr Vaughan. In the present contest the "sturdy Liberals" did not come out so strongly in support of their former favourite, and the consequence was that his re-election was lost. Mr LLOYD, the success- ful candidate was elected with a majority amounting to more than one-sixteenth of the total number of votes given for both; and we are not aware that there is any reason to suppose that the honours he has thus won have not been achieved fairly, honourably, and gallantly. Cardiganshire has, therefore, made one addition to the Conservative majority in the next Parliament; and Liberalism, with the aid of the Ballot, has proved recreant to the fame and the wide- spread reputation it won by its gallant fight in 1868." The Liberals have lost a seat, at which they are sorely displeased it is not always easy to submit gracefully to a defeat and to confess having been beaten. It must not, however, be supposed that defeat will bring about disorganisation in the Liberal ranks they will enquire into the causes of what was to them an unlooked-for result, and will seek to learn how to convert defeat into victory. May we venture a word of advice, and ask whether it would not seem more becoming and decorous for Ministers of the Gospel to keep aloof from taking active part in poli- tical meetings and in political committee business ? The Western Mail has taken umbrage at certain utterances made by a minister from a political platform at Lam- peter the other day; and surely it would be well not to give occasion for the publica- tion of such comments as the following:â It is a disgrace to the age and a scandal to the times that quasi-blasphemy should be fulminated from the pulpits of political Dis- senters, who, to gain their ends, are not above forming an alliance with the advo- cates of profane teaching. No doubt Mr HENRY RICHARD has done his best to influ- ence the electors in favour of Mr E. M. RICHARDS, and it may even be that the honourable and ex-reverend gentleman, while expatiating on the supposed virtues of his friend, has tacitly countenanced, if he has not openly encouraged, the rabid utter- ances of men who, like the impious minister at Lampeter, whose outrageous speech we recently published in our columnsâhave not scrupled to drag into a political contest the SAVIOUR'S name, or to prostitute the most hallowed associations in the hope of advan- taging the cause of faction. We trust most sincerely that all true Conservatives and pious Nonconformists who hold the Scrip- tures dear will resent the interference of Radical partisans bent upon endeavouring zn to secure the return of Mr E. M. RICHARDS at any sacrifice of self-respect or regard for the sanctity of religion." It is pleasant to see party and political differences laid aside. When members are returned to Parliament they have in keeping the interests not merely of one party or class, but of all whom they represent. Recognising this principle, we are sure that the new member for Cardiganshire will be the representative of the varied interests in the constituency, and not of any particular section. Party interests are important, but general considerations should be pre- dominant.

♦-PARLIAMENTS SINCE 1837.

♦ THE PROPOSED VOLUNTEER…

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- BORTH.

MONTGOMERY.

CARDIGAN.

ABERDOVEY.

LAMPETER.

MACHYNLLETH.

WELSH ITEMS.

THE TICHBORNE CASE.

4 - REVIEW.

THE GENERAL ELECTION.

CARMARTHENSHIRE.

.. THE ROMAN CARNIVAL.

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

THE ELECTION.

I GENERAL.

WELSH ELECTIONS.

AN ELECTOR'S LAMENT.

Family Notices

- CEMMAES.

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